1s and 2s dance in, Men in the Middle, and take promenade hold facing
All dance halfway round.
Turn Ladies into the Middle, all facing opposite sides, releasing the
hand that becomes awkward.
Turn 1-1/2 times to end on side lines.
Note that hands are released in the *middle* of bar 4 (not at the beginning
or end of it). This feels natural and flows well. It also helps to reduce
confusion about hands and which way to face.
2s tend to face each other up and down, at which point it's much easier to
continue the motion and face the correct direction. Hands released at bar 3
make it far too easy for one or the other to forget the twiddle -- and the
partner can't help much with only one hand.
As far as covering, it seems that the ideal is for the 2s to make as smooth
and inconspicuous a twiddle as possible, to match the simple 1/2 turn of the
1s. Retaining two hands for a moment keeps the 2s from swinging out wide,
and then making a big twiddle.
> Just returned from a wonderful week-end of dancing in Victoria, B.C. where > one of the Saturday afternoon optional classes was "Formidable
Formations". > The Tournee was one of the formidable formations (surprise?). There was
some > discussion as to what excactly happens on bar four. One thought that the > promenade hold is still used for part of bar 4. All this sent me back to
the > official manual of SD. The manual (and this is how I've always taught it) > clearly has the couples no longer in promenade hold at the start of bar 4 > (at least the illustration is clear). The track indicated for the dancers > would also make it impossible to retain the prom. hold. > The Dance "From Scotia's Shores We're Noo Awa'" where the Tournee first > appears has the second couple dancing a track inconsistent with prom.
hold, > but slightly different than the Manual version. > Another version has the instruction of "Just get the ladies back to back
in > the middle at end of bar 4" (turning to face opposite sides to commence > those wonderful turns). > The last version I'll mention has the second couple turning clockwise with > the RH on bar 4. (This has them going the correct way for the turns). This > last method I observed a delegation from a town doing it, ... and they all > got the turns perfectly! > So, .... how do you all teach the Tournee? > And, was anyone ever taught the formation by Bob Campbell? (the devisor of > same) > Looking forward to this discussion, > Jack